Stamp seal (loaf-shaped hemispheroid) with animal
Not on view
Stamp seals were used in antiquity as marks of ownership and badges of status. This seal is pierced so that it could be suspended on a string and be worn. On its flattened side a rearing horse is depicted standing erect with its head turned back toward its body. The image is carved into the surface of the stone and appears in relief when the seal is pressed into clay.